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Hadrian's Wall Walk

Immerse yourself in history with a walking holiday on Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail. Follow Hadrian's Wall Path from coast to coast with Hadrian's Wall accompanying you much of the way from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. Hadrian’s Wall is Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opened as a National Trail in 2003, Hadrian’s Wall Path follows the course of the wall closely along its entire length and is one of Britain’s most popular long distance walks.

Since 2005, Macs Adventure has been booking self guided adventures along Hadrian's Wall Path. With the freedom to create your own itinerary and the knowledge that our team have the expertise to tailor-make this trip to perfectly suit you, you can book Hadrian's Wall Path with confidence. All you need to do is pick the itinerary that suits you and let us take care of everything else.

Alternatively, use pedal power to see Hadrian's Wall, on Hadrian's Cycleway and for all the information you could possibly need you can Download our Free Guide to Hadrian's Wall.

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  • Download our Free Hadrian's Wall Path Guide
    Download our Free Hadrian's Wall Path Guide

    Thinking of walking Hadrian's Wall Path, but don't know where to start? 

    Macs Adventure to the rescue! Simply download our Free 14-page Hadrian's Wall Path guide from the link below to read on your phone, tablet or good old printed page.  

     

    Download your Free Hadrian's Wall Path Guide

  • Why book your Hadrian's Wall trip with Macs Adventure?
    Why book your Hadrian's Wall trip with Macs Adventure?

    Macs Adventure has been running self guided walking holidays on Hadrian's Wall Path since 2005. Our second-ever trip, Hadrian's Wall Path was an obvious choice.  Not long opened in 2003 it gave people a chance to walk alongside history, through some beautiful landscapes and we just knew that our customers would love it. 

    We now send over 600 walkers along Hadrian's Wall every year and have over 400 Reviews to back up how much work we put in to ensure every single customer has a great experience. We wanted to provide the freedom to choose your route, itinerary and travel companions and to take Hadrian's Wall at your own pace. 

    We wanted to make sure that our Hadrian's Wall trips were set up as comprehensively as our West Highland Way trips, the first and only holidays we sold at the time. The key to our success there was to ensure we knew all the local accommodation suppliers and baggage handlers, and that they were providing the high standards that we wanted for our trips. So, many visits were made, cups of tea drank and we put together out itineraries to launch Hadrian's Wall. 

    We offer a flexible, tailor-made Hadrian's Wall experience that gets you in comfortable, friendly overnight accommodation in local B&Bs and guesthouses. We carry your bags to lighten your load so you can concentrate on simply putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying the unique culture, food and scenery of Northern England. You can book with confidence that we have it all covered for you. 

    We want to showcase our expertise, by giving you all the resources you will ever need.  In the planning stage, we have free guides, comprehensive videos and a host of staff with their own experiences of walking Hadrian's Wall, waiting to answer your questions. On the route, we use high-quality digital mapping as well as the best maps and guidebooks to make sure you find your way.  

    We love Hadrian's Wall Path and our main aim is to make sure that you do too.  

  • Top Tips for Hadrian's Wall Path
    Top Tips for Hadrian's Wall Path

    Take a Break - Especially if you are there for a good slice of history, taking a break on the walk is essential.  This will give you more time to explore one of the museums on the route. An extra night in Once Brewed, for instance, will let you have more time at Housesteads. For more information, take a look at our blog - 6 best Historical Sites on Hadrian's Wall Path for some inspiration. 

    Preserve the History - Oh, it is tempting, to walk along the top of the wall, to do a little dance on it for your trip video. However, the wall is pretty old and needs a bit of TLC so being on the wall is frowned upon. Also, walking over lumps and bumps in the ground should be avoided where possible as there could be archaeological goodies waiting to be found. You wouldn't want to be unknowingly crushing some poor footsoldiers amphora! 

    Make sure you have the right gear - Take a look at our Hadrian's Wall equipment blog for more details – as this can make a big difference to how enjoyable you find the walk.  For this particular walk, its all about the boots. Make sure you have comfortable, waterproof boots with a couple of pairs of good walking socks.

    Meet the locals. - Quite often the B&B owners and locals are the best people to speak to about ideas for alternative routes, places to see, lunch stops etc. This local knowledge can really help make your walk go as smoothly as possible. 

  • Essential Hadrian's Wall Facts
    Essential Hadrian's Wall Facts

    How Long? When? The most essential facts of the wall would be how long it is and when was it built. The 73-mile long wall was constructed in 117AD by Emperor Hadrian, to separate the Roman Empire from those northern Barbarians. In its glory, the wall was around 15 feet high and 10 feet wide.

    Who actually built it? It took around 15,000 men over six years to build the wall. There were three main Roman garrisons stationed in England and Wales and all of these men were put to work building the wall. Hadrian himself had a keen interest in architecture and is thought to have designed it. At Chesters, you can see the names of the centurions who actually built the wall, carved into stone tablets. 

    How much of the wall still exists? Only around 10% of the original wall still remains. While much of the land is still shaped to accommodate the wall, the stone itself was re-purposed or buried after the wall was abandoned. Many local buildings are said to be built from the stone from Hadrian's Wall. 

    Is this the border between Scotland and England? No, it never was.  It marked the border of the Roman Empire before they headed further north and created the Antonine Wall, before retreating back to the more secure Hadrian's Wall. Most of Northumberland, England's largest county, is north of the wall, so the wall definitely does not indicate the border. 

  • Hadrian's Wall Path

    Hadrian's Wall Path follows the route of the UNESCO world heritage wall, built to keep the barbaric Scots out of Roman territory.  This outstanding historical site is punctuated with milecastles, museums and recreations, not to mention some of the best walking in England.  

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